Local Doctor Willing to Help Soldier with Second Opinion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/24/05

Local Doctor Willing to Help Soldier with Second Opinion

A Lubbock soldier diagnosed with a mysterious, disabling disease is finally getting his prayers answered. NewsChannel 11 introduced us to specialist Keith Huffaker last week. After Keith's story aired, we had numerous calls and e-mails pour in with community members asking what they could do to help. One of those people willing to donate their service was Dr. Randolph Schiffer, who is the Chairman of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and specializes in Neurological disorders.

"Young men and women come back from wars and they are changed." Dr. Schiffer not only specializes in neurological disorders, but also the psychological side of returning from the battlefields. He believes Keith's original diagnosis of Spinal cerebellar Ataxia might to be the right fit for the symptoms. Now, Dr. Schiffer and Keith are set on finding the right diagnosis.

2/16/05
Local Soldier Battles Mysterious Disease
A mysterious illness has a local soldier fighting for his health and looking for answers. Private First Class Keith Huffaker returned to Lubbock last year after his tour of duty in Iraq to come home to a major illness.

Keith has been battling the disease for about a year, "The war keeps on going when you get back, the Army doesn't realize some people need more benefits." If the second opinion proves to be unrelated genetically, then Keith might be able to get benefits from the Army, but until the diagnosis is in, he's just thrilled that the community is behind him. "I'm impressed by the reaction. I wanted someone to listen to me, and so far there's been nothing but receptive ears."

Keith will have his first meeting with Dr. Schiffer March third where they'll go over medical history and talk about what tests will need to be done. If you'd like to help Keith and his family, Lubbock National Bank is accepting donations to the Keith Huffaker account at all branch locations.

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